Asus M5A97 PRO AMD 970 (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard

M5A97 PRO AMD 970 (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard

  • AMD 970 Chipset
  • x4 DDR3
  • x2 PCI-E x16
  • x2 PCI-E x1
  • x2 PCI
  • x6 SATA 6GB/s
  • x2 eSATA
  • x1 Gigabit LAN
  • x2 USB 3.0
  • x14 USB 2.0
  • Realtek 7.1 Audio
  • Xfire Support
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Stock Code: MB-468-AS

EAN: 4719543181232


Manufacturer: Asus

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M5A97 PRO AMD 970 (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard

The M5A97 PRO series offers unsurpassed compatibility with new AMD AM3+ socket CPUs, whilst also being backwards compatible with the previous generation AM3 CPU. The M5A/97 core series is equipped with DIP2, which features DIGI+ VRM technology in addition to the TPU and EPU. DIGI+ VRM power delivery allows users to precisely adjust and control power settings digitally for precise power control and flexible tuning of their system, perfectly serving the AM3+ CPU specification’s power demand. Digital control differs from analogue controls by eliminating digital to analogue conversion lag, which helps to improve overclocking capabilities. This means precise power flow adjustment and management as well as easy and flexible tuning including extra DRAM power control for the AMD platform. It is the most precise power delivery available, providing the best-in-class in power efficiency, performance and stability while also helping to maximize the overall overclocking potential.

Also included on the M5A97 PRO is the intuitive UEFI BIOS menu interface. UEFI BIOS allows a user to control and adjust their BIOS settings through the use of a mouse-enabled interface for more user-friendly navigation. The built-in EZ Mode option also provides a drag-and-drop boot priority option, for easier management of boot devices.

ASUS Unique Selling Points:

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM:
DIGI+VRM - Industry leading Digital 6+2 Phase Power Design
EPU – Hardware level power saving.
TPU with Auto Tuning and TurboV: Providing simple steps to easy overclocking.
UEFI BIOS(EZ Mode): Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface.
MemOK!: Quickly ensures memory boot compatibility.
AI Suite II: One-stop Access to All Innovative ASUS Software.
Ai Charger+: Ensure reliable mobile phone charging.
ASUS Q-Connector: Easily access your PCI-E connectors.
ASUS Q-Slot: Make Connection Quick and Accurate!
ASUS Q-DIMM: Make Connection Quick and Accurate!
O.C. Profile: Allows you to store multiple Bios images.
EZ Flash 2: Easily update your systems bios firmware.
ASUS MyLogo 2: Customize your boot screen.
Precision Tweaker 2: Easily tune your PC system performance.
Fan Xpert: Smart thermal control via fan speed detection.

Key specification:

- Form Factor: ATX Form Factor, 12”x 9.6” (30.5cm x 24.4cm)
- Socket: AMD Socket AM3+ for FX™ / Phenom™II / Athlon™II / Sempron™ 100 Series Processors Including 8-Core.
- Chipset: AMD 970 / SB950 Chipset
- Graphics interface: 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots(@ x16 speed [Blue]; @ x4 speed [Black])
- Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots, 2 x PCI slot.
- Multi GPU: Supports and ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology.
- Memory: 4 x DIMM, max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz, ECC and non-ECC, un-buffered memory, Dual channel memory architecture
- Audio: Realtek® ALC 892 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- LAN: Realtek® 8111E Gigabit LAN controller
- Storage: 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s ports.
- USB: 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at back panel (blue), 14 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel).
- Manageability: WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE

Warranty Information:

Warranty Period (yrs) 3

Technical Details:

- CPU: AM3+ Socket: Support for AMD AM3+ FX processors, Support for AMD AM3 Phenom™ II processors / AMD Athlon™ II processors
- Memory: 4x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory, Dual channel memory architecture, Support for DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
- Back panel connectors: 1x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse combo port, 1x Optical S/PDIF Output port, 1x LAN (RJ45) port, 2x eSATA ports, 2x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue), 8x USB 2.0/1.1 ports, 8-channel Audio I/O
- Internal i/o connectors: 3x USB 2.0/1/1 connectors support additional 6 USB ports, 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors, 1x CPU Fan connector (4-pin), 2x Chassis Fan connectors (1x 4-pin; 1x 3-pin), 1x Power Fan connector (1x 3-pin), 1x COM connector, Front panel audio connector, 1x S/PDIF Out header, 1x Clear CMOS jumper, 24-pin EATX Power connector, 8-pin EATX 12V Power connector, System Panel (Q-Connector), 1x MemOK! Button

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I've had all kinds of different motherboards, Abit, Asus, Gigabyte etc and this has to be the best I have had.

>From the outside it looks amazing, really stands out and you can see the quality is top stuff. First time booting up you can begin to appreciate the motherboard, the BIOS looks and feels so technologically advanced you would expect this motherboard to cost so much more. It has everything you need, more bells and whistles then you can shake a stick at, I'm just trying to get my head around all the settings. If you like full control of your System then I would get this board.

My only slight issue is crossfire, the secondary lane is only 4x so not ideal if you want to crossfire. Needless to say this is without a doubt one heck of a motherobard :)

toon_mad 2012-06-10


What a bargain! Not exactly a cheap mobo but the recent price drop made it a no brainer for me.

Very easy to install, good documentation (not that I needed it)

Great BIOS (now ships with 902 for to Support the newer FX chips). Managed to unlock the additional cores on my Phenom II X2 Dual Core 555 3.20GHz BE with a click of the mouse.

Only slight issue with the reported CPU fan speed jumping all over the place for my Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2. But not had time to trouble shoot this yet (bios update did not solve it).

A quick re-install and rebuild of Windows 7 x64 and the machine is flying (also bought with Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit - CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9)

as usual super delivery from Overclockers.

Homer 2012-03-19

Great for the price

I have to say that ocuk has yet again did a great job with deliver, ordered on monsay night received wednesday morning and it was out of stock aswell so that was very quick.

regarding mobo its self its a very cheap mobo for what it gives you, really like the new bios with cool graphics and mouse support,

so for no cons

Matt 2011-11-30

Great Motherboard

This is a great board. Loads of features, brilliant BIOS and all at a very nice price.
One thing i would mention though is that this motherboard will require a BIOS update to be compatible with the new Bulldozer FX CPUs. Which can be a problem if you don't have a spare processor laying around to do the update with.
Other than that little note, a great purchase for a gaming system.

Ross 2011-11-29


Fantastic board, bought it as my MSI 870A-G54 burnt out (literally) in the space of 5 months. I bought it from a different site as it was slightly cheaper but OCuk has an excellent rating system and I am always using them so thought I would review it on here.

I have this mobo hooked up to a X4 955 BE (/w H50 cooler), 8gb 1600mhz, HD5850, 2x 1tb HDD, 120gb SSD, Xonar DS, 700w Ocz.

The board rips, really nice easy bios overclocking features, keeps nice and cool, its fast, has good space for multiple GPU's and I like the colours. You cant really go wrong with Asus as we all know.

I really like this product and happily stick with Asus in the future. Great sturdy product! and its now cheaper on OCuk from when I bought it!....worth every penny.

Jason 2011-11-25


Was dubious about ordering this board as I wanted the model up originally, however I was very pleasently surprised when it arrived, board layout is great, the UEFI bios is a great addition especially on a board this cheap.

Board runs nice and cool in my Antec 900 with all fans set to "low", keeping everything on auto I was able to overclock my Phenom 955 from 3.2ghz to 3.8ghz with no drama at all.

All in all this is the most user friendly board I have ever owned/used.

Mike 2011-10-28

Outstanding value for money

For a 'budget' 900 chipset motherboard this is an absolute beast! Feature-rich, with more bells and whistles than Michael Knight's car. Some great, unique features from Asus and a very user-friendly BIOS make this one of the best boards I've owned!

Reefa 2011-09-29

Asus does it again

I chose this motherboard because of the cheapness basically and for a series 9 it was quite cheap. I was very surprised since I wasn't expecting much it got everything on it that you could need I especially love the user friendly bios in which you are able to use the mouse. this board has loads of features and i would recommend this to anyone thinking of buying as a upgrade i went from an old A8n-sli to this and im very very happy.

matty5ps 2011-09-05

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